The top 10 best restaurants in Somerset
Home to beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages hidden among the rolling hills, Somerset is also famous for its dining scene. From Michelin-starred venues and sophisticated bistros to traditional pubs and classic Italian pizzerias – Somerset has it all. Whether you’re moving to the South West for the first time or you’ve been living in one of its surrounding areas such as Chilton or Callington your whole life, here we’ve highlighted 10 of the best places to grab a bite in the county.
The Pig – near Bath
Tucked into Mendip Hills, just 9 miles south-west of Bath, the Pig is a rustic-chich British dining that combines tradition with modernity. The motto here is “only use what you can grow”, meaning the ingredients are fresh and produced in-house. Chargrilled pork, hand rolled fresh linguine, the incredible Rachael of Ladram Hake, and you name it. And if you can’t get enough of the restaurant, why not stay for the night? The Pig – near Bath offers cosy, charming rooms to relax.
Found within Yeovil city centre, Tamburino is another great option if you’re looking for some great Mediterranean cuisine. You went to Italy last summer and tasted some of the best tagliatelle porcini ever? Well, at Tamburino you can repeat the experience. And try many others! Whether it’s pizza you fancy, an authentic risotto or the classic bruschetta – every dish here will take you back to the boot-shaped country and its exquisite flavours.
Sitting on the outskirts of Bath, in Midford, Castle Farm is the home of delicious brunches, lunches, Fridays’ curries and Sunday Roasts to top up your weekend. The ever-changing menu is adapted to the season to guarantee the freshness of all the ingredients, and matched with great cocktails and wines.
Are you looking for an excellent meal in a relaxing, yet elegant environment? Castle Bow is exactly that. Beautifully sophisticated, this restaurant is located in Taunton, near to our Nerrols Grange development, and was awarded a Michelin star thanks to its ever-evolving menu, home-grown ingredients and a selection of wines and champagnes to die for.
At The Chapel
Found along the banks of the River Brue, in Bruton, At the Chapel is housed in an impressive 17th century building with a congregational chapel and an outdoor terrace for breath-taking views. It has its own artisan bakery and wine store, as well as 8 bedrooms for its guests to breathe in the magical atmosphere of the surrounding countryside.
Overlooking Sand Bay in West-Super-Mare, Demetris has a 30-year reputation for its authentic Greek recipes and ingredients. Brimming with the classics, from mousakkas, mezedes, kleftikos and vine tomatoes stuffed, this Greek taverna is a real delight for the palate. And if you fancy dancing your socks off at the end of your meal, join the staff in one of the traditional Greek dances and sings along.
Venture away from the beaten track and you’ll find a little corner of heaven. The Sheppey, located 6 miles west of Wells, is an eclectic, cosy restaurant described as a “Somerset institution”. And it’s hard to disagree! Here, you can try everything, from Brixham mussels and crispy cod cheeks to pan fried salmon and spinach & feta roulade.
The Olive Tree
This refined, upmarket restaurant is located along the banks of the River Avon, nestled in the basement of the Queensberry Hotel in Bath. It is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the city and boasts a long-standing history of gastronomical excellence. Although the portions are smaller than average, the quality of the dishes is outstanding. Have a taste of their exquisite scallops or try the incredible Cornish monkfish, among many other delicacies.
The Talbot Inn
Simple and familiar, this restaurant and its recipes never get old. The Talbot Inn, located in Mells city centre, is a masterclass in the gastropub formula of wooden tables and flagstone floors. The menu is a memory lane: you’ll find the old classics such as ham-hock terrine, sea trout and the puddings, along with other innovative dishes.
The Scallop Shell
Seafood afficionados, this is for you. Serving some of the very best fish suppers in the UK, this restaurant is your go-to place if you love fish. Situated in the heart of Bath, just off Queen Square, get ready to try grilled lemon sole, scampi, scallops and sea bream, among other great delicacies. It was named “best seafood restaurant” at the Bath Good Food Awards in 2015. How to disagree?